More with Less

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"More with Less"
The Wire episode
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Episode no. Season 5
Episode 1
Directed by Joe Chappelle
Story by David Simon
Ed Burns
Teleplay by David Simon
Original air date January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)
Running time 58 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"More with Less" is the first episode of the fifth season of the HBO original series, The Wire. The episode was written by David Simon from a story by David Simon & Ed Burns and was directed by Joe Chappelle. It originally aired on January 6, 2008.

Plot Summary[edit]

The bigger the lie, the more they believe.

— Bunk

Mayor Tommy Carcetti's plan to rejuvenate the Baltimore Police Department has been halted by funding cuts necessitated by the city's education deficit. Carcetti and Council President Nerese Campbell meet with a Republican U.S. Attorney, who promises to lend a dozen FBI agents to the BPD in exchange for the corrupt State Senator Clay Davis. Carcetti fears that the U.S. Attorney will use the case against the Democrats, while Campbell sees State's Attorney Rupert Bond's case against Davis as a means of eventually running for mayor. Carcetti's cuts cause the Major Case Unit (MCU) to shut down, effectively ending the investigation into the vacant murders. Detectives Lester Freamon and Leander Sydnor take over the Davis investigation.

Colonel Cedric Daniels is outraged that City Hall is prioritizing Davis over 22 murders. Detective Jimmy McNulty is despondent upon his return to Homicide and falls back into his old habits of alcoholism and infidelity. In the Western District, Sergeant Ellis Carver struggles to keep up morale following pay cuts. Herc is now working for defense attorney Maurice Levy. Marlo Stanfield intimidates other drug dealers into buying his product and causes unrest in the New Day Co-Op. He gets Chris Partlow to find Sergei Malatov as a connection to the Co-Ops' suppliers. Partlow visits the courthouse, where he unwittingly approaches Daniels, Bond, and Rhonda Pearlman to ask for directions. Michael Lee is acting as an enforcer under Partlow, while his friend and cohabitant Duquan "Dukie" Weems runs their drug dealing crew. Dukie has not gained the respect of the crew, and Michael suggests paying him for looking after his younger brother Bug instead.

The Baltimore Sun also faces budget cuts, but editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes remains principled and efficient. The Sun breaks a story about Campbell's relocation of drug dealer Ricardo "Fat-face Rick" Hendrix's strip club out of a redeveloping neighborhood at a considerable cost to the city budget, linking the plan to campaign contributions from Hendrix and Campbell's associates. Ambitious reporter Scott Templeton remains dissatisfied while his colleague Alma Gutierrez, who got a choice quote from Hendrix for the story, is happy with her work. Bubbles lives in his sister's basement and no longer uses drugs, but leaves each evening as his sister does not trust him enough to leave him alone in her house. He works as a rush hour distributor for the Sun to commuters. He sells a copy to Campbell, who is outraged by the Hendrix story.[1][2]


Guest stars[edit]

Lee Everett Cox and David Costabile's names are misspelled in the credits as Lee Evertt Cox and David Costible, respectively.

Uncredited appearances[edit]

First appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Joe Chappelle (director); David Simon (story and teleplay), Ed Burns (story) (2008-01-06). "More with Less". The Wire. Season 5. Episode 1. HBO. 
  2. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 51 More with Less". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Character profile - City Editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Character profile - Scott Templeton". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Character profile - Alma Gutierrez". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Character profile - Executive Editor James Whiting". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Character profile - Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Character profile - Steven Luxenberg". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Character profile - State Editor Tim Phelps". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  10. ^ "Character profile - Rebecca Corbett". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  11. ^ "Character profile - Rewrite man Jay Spry". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  12. ^ "Character profile - Roger Twigg". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  13. ^ "Character profile - Mike Fletcher". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 

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